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in the obama era." and it is, it is a book about change. and so let me talk a little bit about obama, his day, and it was really his vision of change. um, you know, there are kind of three interesting questions that you could ask about obama as an author. i think one of them is sort of is this obama guy for real, right? i mean, you know, we see him, he's this kind of no drama obama, the cerebral, low blood pressure, comfortable in his skin sort of aloof, kind of comically reasonable alpha male, right? but then there's this other literature out there where he's this, you know, kind of insane right-wing socialist -- left-wing socialist. [laughter] that in the right-wing literature. and then even in the mainstream he's often kind of this feckless, bumbling, can't do anything right guy whenever the economy is bad and his approval ratings are bad. my sort of spoiler alert is that in my book the obama's kind of that same guy you read about. the sort of left-of-center technocrat, pragmatic, data-oriented, kind of this biracial nate silver with some swag, i guess. [laughter] you know, he's -- you kno
of the american population fell for the empty montra of hope and change. the obama administration was going to be that transcendent administration that brought us all together. that is why barack obama earned the white house because he said he was going to be the great uniter. remember that beautiful inaugural address? it was glorious. he said to conservatives, i want to listen to you, especially when we disagree. okay. nice, beautiful, beautiful idea. he was going to meet with conservatives in congress once a week. that was a great idea too. he meant twice, twice, two times. three days after that beautiful speech, the conservatives in congress came to the white house, and they had a meeting, and eric cantor, congressman from virginia, articulated the conservative perspective on increasing taxes, that we shouldn't do it. you know what obama said three days after he said i'll listen to you, especially when we disagree. he said, you lost, i won, i trump you on that. he said he wants the folks who got us into the mess to do less talking and more listening. you can talk a little bit, but i want
a mid sized college team being dropped into the super bowl, and we don't understand this yet. the obama people never quit. they kept offices open in '09, in '10, in '11. i think there were 53 offices in north carolina alone. and this is why i'm doing this six month study at gingrich productions which i've entitled lessons to learn. we don't have lessons learned right now. we don't know what we're talking about. when you see these guys on tv who wasted millions of dollars as consultants explaining what they now think, what you know is they don't. [laughter] because they haven't taken enough time to learn anything. i mean, this is a serious crisis of the conservative movement and the republican party because if we don't figure out the new game, we're not going to be, we're not going to be competitive for a generation or or more. that's how serious it is. i mean, don't assume we're going to win in '16 because we'll nominate some clever person who has the appropriate ethnic background and articulates better than mitt did. mitt got about what mccain got, which was about what dole got, which
. it is a device to get us running down the road so we expect whatever obama wants because otherwise we have failed to fiscal cliff and how can you be a patriot if you don't do what the fiscal cliff requires. it is much like the land of the wizard of oz where there will be this person hiding behind a machine who will say, raise taxes now. if you don't raise taxes now, you violate the fiscal cliff. do any of you want to be the person who stands up and destroys america by averting the fiscal cliff? you want to go on the national networks and explain that you don't care that america is going to die late on thursday? it's all right if that's the kind of person you are. let the police know that now because we will never schedule you. you'll never be on television because after all you are clearly weird. [laughter] so let me say that there is no fiscal cliff. there are conservatives and republicans are demoralized. get over it. we did a number of stupid things. we faced a those who worked harder, were smarter than we were, one of ronald reagan's most important statements was february of 1975 in washingto
that was committed to his destruction like the republican congress is committed to barack obama's downfall in his first term. he did work with them and also machiavellian maneuvers that he had outlasted them and he outmaneuvered them. they refused to confirm any of his appointments and then there was a famous massacre they called it the more the city council had a meeting and they didn't have a quorum because there were three members who had been arrested or indicted or convicted of various kinds such as insurance fraud and fixing races at a local tribe. to buddy used that. "the l.a. times" came to town and did a feature about him and he said in the general population, something like one in 10,000 on the providence city council is one in eight. the genius of buddy as he could connect with people. your charm, charisma. he'd walk in to reminisce there were a hundred people coming into the election, he'd go to the one that hated him and when that person over and invariably he could. they said he would go to the opening of an envelope that he would show up in any event. our member be make a reporter
it, she was very, very shrewd about cramming things through, and we believe the barack obama got it partially because she dragged the research. we have reason to believe that he would be advisers read this book and they got the move quickly so imagine there was a feeling in the administration to put health care off until things settle down a little bit. the point man for health care had a tax problem. he was suddenly no one great part of the administration team and a lot of people said its february of the first year let's put this off. some of the people in the room put it off and it never passed. now imagine if they had put it off to the point where bill clinton actually put health care on the congressional hopper that would be the first month of the second year january of 2010 what happens in january of 2010? scott brown wins the special election and health care would never have passed. lesson number one, move fast. there's lots of other lessons. one of our favorites is learn to lose. often you lose a case, but what do you do with your loss? example, harry truman loses health c
of the bush administration and particularly the obama years and actually whether we're getting any stronger or whether we're in a more precarious position now than we've been before. >> host: mary in corpus christi, texas, you're on booktv with david roth cob of -- rothkopf. >> caller: mr. rothkopf, i find this conversation very interesting. i was wondering if you could comment on the reckoning that is to come a little bit? >> guest: well, i think one dimension of the reckoning that lies ahead is, in fact, the competition between capitalism. right now in the united states we have, you know, coming out of a period where we've been the ascending power, we've been the ones who have sort of set the standards for how markets and governments should work together. but clearly asian economies are driving and growing faster, and their version of capitalism -- which has a much bigger role for government, which has government playing a more of a strong-handed role in sort of picking winners and losers in determining who gets educated and how they get educated -- those forms of capitalism seem to be ga
of virginia so i say that a lot. >> thank you for coming. jefferson question and an obama question. when jefferson's time camelot of new territory into the united states the question of whether it would be slave or free, what were the political factions that were tugging at jefferson and what political considerations ultimately led to his decision whether the new territory with the slave or free anti obama question, he talked about the president has -- what do you say to him? >> i have never been invited so i don't know. bob carroll, we look alike. as i like to say to bob, my guys died along time ago. it is a great question. jody kantor has been riding on this. what i have heard about obama is like all presidents you get behind that desk which is an unparalleled experience as president kennedy said to david herbert donald one day, the great historian, donald comes in, one of those rankings of presidents came out, kennedy didn't like it and he said no one, he pointed at his desk, no one has the right to judge anyone, even for james buchanan, who hasn't sat at that descant seen what he has
versus the uncool thing important? it won an election. let's face it. the reason people like barack obama is he is cool. he beat a war hero, community activist, organizers beat a war hero four years ago. how does that happen? because he was cool. it was cool to vote for him. the culture embraces fake coolness over real achievement. kids would rather play astronaut than be one. more interesting in being famous than being an actor and actually doing something. there is a real where big bright spot to president barack obama being re-elected. it's like tearing off of off the band-aid. if he lost, he would be back four years later and he would be 45% more grayer, which makes him more trustworthy. so we're uncool. that's the way we are. that's how we are. don't believe that. i look at our message. what is our message? we like to build things. making things is cool. what's wrong with that? we like to open stuff. that's good. competition is awesome. the liberal view, self-esteem is better. it's better to feel self-esteem without competition. that doesn't work. the highest incidence of self-esteem
compromise, and i believe president obama has in fact done that. how? >> the president has said and reached out across the aisle on various things with regards to economic reform, tax reform, immigration reform. i think -- while i don't have a crystal ball, i think there is little doubt that the president would be willing to compromise if the other party is willing to meet him part of the way. now the other party's job is to see how much it can get from its side of come and given the issues we've been through such as the fiscal cliff, the fact is there is no way out of these issues without compromise, but i do think that we would see compromise on something like immigration reform because demographics is destiny, and the republicans as well as the democrats recognize that they have to show some support for immigration reform if they are not going to in the case of the republicans move the hispanic population permanently to the republican party. so, the president has already shown willingness to compromise, and all of the data shows that republicans are the party that moves further to the ri
that was committed to his destruction just like the republican congress was committed to barack obama's downfall in his first term. and he had to work with those guys, and he did work with them, and he also machiavellian maneuvers that he had, he outlasted them. and he outmaneuvered them. there was this -- they refused to, um, confirm any of his appointments, and then there was the famous massacre, they called it, where the city council had a meeting, and they didn't have a quorum because there were three members who had been arrested, indicted or convicted of various crimes such as insurance fraud and fixing races at a local track. so buddy used that to kind of engineer a coup in which he took over the city council. and the l.a. times came to town and did a feature about him. and he said that in the general population felons are something like 1 in 10,000 on the city council, it was 1 in 8. he had charisma, he could walk into a room, and if there were 100 people there and one that hated him, he would go to that one person. he would go to the opening of an envelope. i remember being a young repo
cameraman". what's the association with the obama campaign or the obama administration? >> well, in 2008, on the obama campaign, i was the first videographer, something i carry ied into the first two years in the white house. the last cycle, i did not work on the campaign formally or at the white house. i worked in the new and strange murky world of super packs and pacs and independent expenditures. >> talk about the campaign in 2008. how were you hooked up with the president? >> well, you know, there was an ad on craig's list -- no, that's not the case. there was a place of right place, right time. a friend of mine was working at cnn as a documentary producer. that's a more normal path into politics, as much as i was interested, i was a fiction filmmaker, not first on anyone's list. she knew i was passionate about politics and wanted to get involved, brought me in, and then i hit it off with the senator and traveled, you know, inside the bubble. >> how long did you do anything? was it 24/7 for you for awhile? >> you know, especially in -- on the campaign, it really felt like 24/7. i was
a balance sheet analysis of things. it will change. i was campaigning for president obama in seattle and was with an amazing supportive housing organization there that showed, they had 23 homeless people, they looked at their medical expenses for the year before they came into the supportive housing and the year after. 23 people they saved their local hospital a million dollars in medical expenses because we all know, it's far more expensive for -- to leave somebody, especially if they have a mental health issue, for more expensive to leave them on the street than to come in and empower this -- the study talked about medical expenses but didn't do this. i went to visit the residents. i met one man who now is volunteering, now was teaching people about cooking, and making contributions. so, we have a backward way of thinking about this. this is why i think over criminal justice system in america is the most -- if you're a republican, that should be your biggest cause to go after because it's big wasteful government. it doesn't need to be that way. if we were empowering people to succe
obama students, pro running students came out under the campus and demonstrated the right. they can do that. and a handful of students were screaming out racial slurs. putting that in context, the next day three times that amount of people showed up for a candlelight ceremony protesting the incident the night before. so mississippi was mississippi is moving. but you're right. there is more and more that should come and talk about it. you can get a balanced picture that their view of the south may not be the correct view today. it is not just a bunch of rioters throwing bricks. thank you. >> can you talk a little more about social security details? and i assume you were chosen for that. to you know why you were chosen? how did it end? >> thank you. i was the lead jeep in my battalion once we landed to go down sarah oxford. we were not prepared. i had to -- do your best. this is up for i have some not -- this is after i asked him about a map. armies have maps of central europe bread russian tanks will come across, park benches to my fire and utterance. we did not have a map to get that f
then you go to the white house will you tell your friends what was served at dinner what michele obama war? what was a senator really like what obamacare said to you and how the spoon managed to fall into your jacket? today we pick up the cell phone and we have lost that were weak text that we do not describe the ambience or the music field to say cool or jerk and will bayous vowels. 200 years ago we would composed several lengthy letters that provided a context. we know what the weather was on certain days of george's life because he took notes of the of whether. we know how many heads of cattle he slaughtered because he wrote it down. the internet provides a great way for us to do research about traveling around the world. it provides a way to connect people but also with new technology we could lose a lot. historians will have a rough time. but today we are extra cognizant of the impact of the damning letter. they were historic for some extent. later in life toward washington tried to collect and edit his earlier letters he was up for speller. he tried to collect letters to rewrite them
a republican congress is to barack obama's downfall in his first term. he had to work with those guys and he did work with him. he also machiavelli and university had, he outlasted them. he outmaneuvered them. they refuse to confirm any of his appointments and then there was the famous massacre they called it where the city council at a meeting and they didn't have a quorum because there were three members who had been arrested or indicted or convicted of various crimes such as insurance fraud. and fixing races at a local
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